Friday, 17 April 2015

How to Install Adobe Photoshop cs6 In Linux Ubuntu

Install Adobe Photoshop cs6 In Linux Ubuntu

Adobe Photoshop is not available for Linux users. When it comes to image-editing, Adobe Photoshop is still the first choice to a wide category of users and those who are using Linux wish Adobe should work on a Linux Platform Photoshop.

However, if you still want to use Adobe Photoshop in Linux Ubuntu, you can easily do so by installing Wine and thereafter, Adobe Photoshop.

In this article, I am going to share easy steps to install Wine and Adobe Photoshop cs6 in Linux Ubuntu.

Installing Wine in Ubuntu

Before you can install Photoshop, you need to install Wine - a free Windows emulator for Linux platform. It help to run Windows softwares in Linux environment.

To install Wine:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks

This will install Wine and update it to the most recent build, and will install winetricks too.

Now, you need to install the necessary dependencies to run Adobe Photoshop. You can do that by typing following command in your terminal.

winetricks atmlib gdiplus msxml3 msxml16 vcrun2005 vcrun2005spl vcrun2008 ie6 fontsmooth-rgb gecko

Installing Photoshop CS6 in Ubuntu

Since everything is now set up, you can install Photoshop in the same way you install it on Windows.

Right click on the Adobe_Photoshop_SetUp.exe or type the following command in terminal after navigating to the place where you have kept the setup.exe for Adobe Photoshop.

wine set_up.exe

You have successfully installed Adobe Photoshop in your Linux box. It will appear normally in your programs list.

If you do not wish to install Adobe Photoshop and want a Linux alternative for it, you may read: Best photoshop alternative for Linux: GIMP

Share your experience as to how Adobe Photoshop is working for your Linux platform if you have installed it using wine and using it.

Do you know that you do not need MS Office in Linux? Here's why. How to install Libreoffice 4.2 in Linux

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Why you must know about Net Neutrality and why you must protect it

Note: I will try to be short and clear. 

Death of internet #savetheinternet

First of all, let us see what Wikipedia says about Net neutrality:

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.

This mean that your ISP is free to charge or overcharge or can ask for a million dollar for 1000mB of data or charge you more for a higher speed data plan - and then you decide you want to take the plan or not. But what they cannot is - they cannot restrict you in any way to use that data plan. You are free to type either, tweet something, upload a pic to Instagram, watch a YouTube video, download a free pdf, or utilize your data plan reading Tom and Jerry cartoons.

So, why this Net Neutrality and #SaveTheInternet in India all of a sudden?

The reason for this sudden #NetNeutrality and #SaveTheInternet is a little complex but clear. With WhatsApp and Viber, text message services has gone outdated and the revenue these telecom operators would have still been generating is counting as a loss to them. Plus with WhatsApp calling feature, Line free voice calls, Viber free video calls and then we have skype too, the telecom operators feels that soon the VoIP will replace normal calling and all a user will need is an Internet Pack. They are trying to restrict this freedom.

Not to forget the recent Airtel announcement to offer free usage for Flipkart App [Flipkart is a online shopping website] limiting or compelling the users to ignore competition.

Airtel even tried to charge differently for Voice over Internet Protocols - in simple language, the free calls you do from any app, or the video calls you do using Skype. But a protest delayed it.

The telecom operators are still trying to lobby TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) for this, what we can call, anti-net-neutrality. 

What you need to do to #SaveTheInternet? 

Watch this #AIB video first:

TRAI has asked public opinions and the above video explains what you need to do. Visit the website  and send TRAI a message.

The Logical Indian in its recent article Explained everything about net neutrality in short and precise manner.

Wake up guys. You need to act to continue using Internet the way you are doing for last 20 years.

Be Open. Be Free. Keep the Internet Open. #BeOpenSource requests you to give a shout. 


Friday, 10 April 2015

How to Install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu

How to Install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu

LibreOffice is an open source and free office suite licensed under MPL v2 and is available for all platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux nd FreeBSD. LibreOffice has emerged as the best alternative for MS Office for Linux users and is even used and shared by Windows and Mac users due to its Open Source and free license.

LibreOffice 4.4 comes with a clean interface and powerful tools like Writer, word processor, Calc, spreadsheet application, Impress for creating presentations, Draw, Base that includes database and database frontend, and Math for editing Mathematical formulaes.

LibreOffice is compatible with Microsoft Office documents such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher.

With LibreOffice 4.4 releasing in January 2015 and LibreOffice 4.5 scheduled to be released in August 2015, this article explains how to install LibreOffice 4.4 In Ubuntu.

Remove earlier LibreOffice versions from your distributions

If you have any previous LibreOffice versions installed, you may remove it before installing LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core

Install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu

Download LibreOffice 4.4 from the official LibreOffice download page:

You can select an x86 version if you are using 32 bit system and x64 for a 64-bit system.

Download the language packs you need.

The next step after downloading LibreOffice 4.4 is to extract it. The downloaded file is a tar.gz archive file.

Read More: How to install tar.gz file

Right click on the downloaded .tar.gz archive and extract it.

Last step includes installing LibreOffice from the extracted files.

Open a terminal, and change the current directory to the directory where you extracted the files.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb
This will install all the .deb package.

To create a desktop shortcut, type the following command in terminal after navigating to desktop-integration directory.

cd desktop-integration

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

You can now use and enjoy LibreOffice 4.4 in your Ubuntu system. 

How to Install LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu

These steps can be followed to install LibreOffice 4.4 on all Debian/Ubuntu based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian.

If you have been using LibreOffice 4.4, feel free to share sreenshots to mail id: Please also share your experience in the comment section.

Monday, 6 April 2015

One year of - A short journey explained

Today is April 6th, 2015 and completes one year. I started it as a personal blog to keep all problems and their solutions after I started using Linux. With no intentions of making any money from the blog and marketing it, I still managed to get a good number of visitors. The number are not so big for me, but then I never concentrated on technicalities like Search Engine Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media Effect blah blah. 

BeOpenSource started as a way for me to thank Open Source and Linux World. When I wrote my first article The human knowledge belongs to the world, the main inspiration behind it was the fact that for an Operating System (Windows 7), I had paid a good amount and the license still restricted me not to share it with anyone. I mean why I should not.

Do Windows always make a Windows 7 dvd from the scratch starting from the development, testing and build and release? No, I believe. They worked on the first release, create thousands of copies and sell them at the same cost. The human efforts were only for the first time they developed it. And then they don't allow you to change anything you bought, or share it with your dad. I may sound awkward but this is the main reason for the growth of a parallel work, the Open Source World. 

Open Source ensures you receive anything from Operating System, Drivers, Softwares free and you have the right to copy, modify, redistribute and use it the way you want. I won't go into this, since if you are reading this article, you already is an open source enthusiast and must have more knowledge than me :) 

Okay, coming back to one year journey. After my first words on the blog, The human knowledge belongs to the world, I wrote another article defining Open source and distribution terms. Then I tried Booting Ubuntu from USB and DVD without installing it, and find it very much competitive to Windows along with the fact that it was free and open. 

In a day or two, I realized that I don't want to use a USB or DVD each time, and installed Linux Ubuntu in Oracle Virtual Machine. I faced the Blank screen after entering password on Login and once I got over it with perfectly installed and working Ubuntu in my system on a Virtual Box, I switched to a complete installation along with Windows. I didn't want to remove windows since I had already paid for it. 

I tried other Linux distributions - Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian and RedHat. If you ask me, Debian was the best for me. 

I even used Open source owns the web infographic from and Liz Mills allowed me to publish her words Linux Mint - from freedom came elegance on beOpenSource. 

The journey for the first year is not so big, but yes it is satisfying. I made some money from showing some ads that helped buy the domain for another year and pay my internet bills. 

BeOpenSource will continue for another year, and with the help of others may even grow bigger. If you have anything under your head that can benefit the open source/ Linux world, feel free to mail me at and it will be here. :) Thank you, thanks a lot guys. I have learned a lot in the time and yet, a lot still is pending. Take care. 


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

How to install different desktop environments in CentOS

CentOS is one of the different Linux distributions derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL. It is a free and open source computing platform built from the publicly available open source code by Red Hat and has gained popularity lately.

Just like any other Linux distributions, centOS too is fully customizable. You can customize it according to your need and preferences. There are different desktop environments available and in case one don't suits you, you can always switch to another.

In this article, we will see how to install different desktop environments in CentOS in case you have installed just the minimal command line version, or the dekstop environment you have installed/got, is not suiting your preferences.

How to Install different desktop envirnments in CentOS

  • Installing GNOME desktop environment in CentOS

You can install GNOME with the command:

# yum -y groups install "GNOME Desktop" 

 After installation, type

# startx

to start the GNOME desktop environments.
  • Installing KDE desktop environment in CentOS

# yum -y groups install "KDE Plasma Workspaces" 
# echo "exec startkde" >> ~/.xinitrc
# startx 
  • Installing Cinnamon desktop environment in CentOS

Before installing Cinnamon desktopn environment,you need to add EPEL repository.

# sudo yum install epel-release
and then Cinnamon desktop environment:

# yum --enablerepo=epel -y install cinnamon*
# echo "exec /usr/bin/cinnamon-session" >> ~/.xinitrc
# startx 
These 3 different desktop environments are the most popular and widely used among Linux users and there is a pretty good chance that one of these will suit you. In case, if you have any other desktop environments for your CentOS, do share with our readers how to install it. Screenshots you can mail me at and I will add it here.